Why our Missouri prime beef is striped...
Black Angus is predominant in the commodity-driven prime beef Missouri production. While this breed was originally a British/Scottish breed, it's "Americanization" has produced a large-frame cattle with various traits that mostly have to do with fattening quickly on a corn-based diet after they are weaned. This commodity approach with its feedlot base is unfortunately responsible for most of the bad press that beef has gotten in the last quarter-century.
We have been working for the last several years to move to grass-finished beef. So we looked around for the different breeds which did best on just grass. In the middle of this, we found that a medium-framed animal was more efficient in turning forage (grasses, clover, etc.) into muscle. As well, smaller-sized animals fit into people's freezers and budgets better.
The Galloway is a Scottish breed, raised to survive on just about anything it can find during those long, harsh Scottish winters. Very similar to the Highland, except they are polled (no horns). The more commonly found version of this is belted, meaning it has a white belt in it's middle. This is from their being crossed with the "Dutch Belted" breed some generations back. They are known as "Belties".
As we found a local breeder of these, I got a bull a few years ago and started him with our all black Angus/mixed-breed cattle when he got old enough. This has produced a routinely belted Angus cross which has a medium-large frame and the ability to eat more and better. Our bull is registered, both parents being prize-winning show animals. His name is "Gene Autry". (But he mostly answers to Gene, or so I like to think.)
The patterns aren't exact. The one you see here (with the polka-dot) had a mother with a white face. He's called "Panda". Ugly by the Belted Galloway show standards - beautiful to us and his momma.
Galloways are also known for their quality lean beef. They put on a thicker hair coat in winter instead of extra backfat. This means that they also are known for higher CLA's and a better Omega 3 and 6 ratio - both of which are touted as being more heart healthy.
We are continuing to save back our heifers to replace our older cows and so will soon be having our own Beltie-Angus cross cows as well as the solid black and a few black-white-faced momma's.
All this to ensure we can raise the finest beef possible for our local customers, all locally processed and source-verified.
Just so you can eat better, even though it means our beef is striped.
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Sorry we missed you this year. Our beef was spoken for in 3 days this season, as people can see the value of buying direct from the farmer at wholesale prices. The good news is that we have more steers coming on this next year, so will be able to help more people with this incredibly good-tasting beef. Fill out that contact form today so you can get your name on the list for next year!
We only process so many beef a year. Because we are a small, local farm that is more interested in delivering lots of value through our beef.
And our harvest season is in Spring, right up to June, not all year round.
As more people find out about our farm, more people want our product. Unfortunately, we can't provide our beef to everyone. And some people simply live too far away.
So we did some research and found U.S. Wellness Meats for everyone else. They are another Missouri grass fed beef producer, who also deals in other produce from local farmers nearby. And they ship next day to your front door. Well worth checking out.(Get more info here.)
Note: We reserve the right to refuse business to anyone. Factually, we have a bit of a waiting list. This is a family business and we work to treat our clients like neighbors. No one is making us sell our beef direct, and we don't have to do this to make this farm sustainable. This is a work in progress. We improve our efficiency every year. We consider that other people should have the option to eat healthier, and so go the extra mile to make this quality beef available. We don't expect people to be perfect. But we also won't make the same mistake of selling to rudeness twice - there are other people in line as well. Sorry I had to even bring this up.